Summer Schedule and Commencement Updates

Posted on April 2, 2020

Dear members of the college community,

As our first week back from break progresses and we begin to settle in to our new remote and online work and learning formats, I’d like to share this brief update with the college community.

Changes to Summer Schedule

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our college community, the college has decided that all summer classes will be offered in an online or remote format. Students already registered for summer sessions will be notified of changes to their courses via their Hudson Valley email this week. The course schedules available on the college’s courses webpage will continue to be updated as the summer schedule is updated.

Commencement

Unfortunately, given the current restriction on large gatherings, we must postpone our Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 16, along with all related end-of-year celebrations that were originally scheduled for next month. However, we plan to hold a Commencement ceremony as soon as circumstances allow, and we will be in contact via Hudson Valley email to share plans and a new date when we are able to. Please know that we realize how hard our graduates have worked to achieve this goal, and while this postponement may come as a disappointment to some, I can assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we can celebrate the Class of 2020’s accomplishments in a safe and meaningful way.

Please note that if you plan to complete your degree or certificate requirements in May, you are still required to complete the Degree/Certificate Application by the Spring 2020 Degree/Certificate Application Deadline, which has been extended to Friday, April 24. Please be sure to complete the application as soon as possible if you have not done so already; this will ensure that you receive a diploma from the college, that you will get timely communications on commencement plans, and that your transcript is updated appropriately to reflect the completion of your degree/certificate, among other important things.

Student Support Services

With classes back in session in their new online and remote formats, please don’t forget that our offices are still able to serve students over the phone or online. This change in learning format may provide new challenges for some students, but we have the resources available to help ease the transition. As outlined in my message sent March 27, please refer to the Remote/Online Support Services Resources for a brief list of popular offices and services. You can also check the online directory for contact information or visit the  “Where Do I Go For…” webpage to get connected with the correct office. And, as I’ve mentioned before, we have a team ready to answer questions via our Student Help Hotline at (518) 629-7800 or through our Question Related to COVID-19 Situation web form. Please don’t be afraid to take advantage of these resources.

Helping our Community

Difficult times like these bring hardship, but they can also bring out the best in all of us. I’m proud to say that Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff are among those doing whatever we can to help our healthcare workers, first responders, and greater community during this unprecedented time. It’s important to look for the good in things; with that in mind, we will be publishing periodic updates on our News page that highlight how our college community is pitching in to help.

Final Thoughts

Thank you all once again for your hard work, patience, and willingness to adapt as we enter this new period together. Remember: we may be apart, but we are never alone. Be safe, be healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. We will be here to support you every step of the way.

 Sincerely, 

Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
President
Hudson Valley Community College